A Grecian Girl

A Grecian Girl, 1887
Edward Radford (1831-1920)
Oil on canvas
BORGM 01781
Image © Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum

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A Grecian Girl

This is a neo-classical genre painting of a Grecian girl. She is holding a jug and coyly looking away from the viewer. Radford specialised in highly detailed interior scenes containing a central female figure, some in a classical setting as here, others in a contemporary setting. We don’t know the name of the model, but she was also used for the painting ‘Weary’ hung in the upstairs corridor, where she was used to very different effect.

Radford exhibited from 1865 at The Royal Society of Painters in Watercolours; The Royal Academy; The Royal Society of Artists, Birmingham; The Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool; and Agnews and Sons Gallery. He was elected an Associate of The ‘Old’ Society of Painters in Watercolours in 1880.

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